Apr 17, 2013 8:00am PDT
, the letter addressed to president obama is very stloor thimilar t sent to senator wicker. we don't know exactly what that is, if it's the envelope, the handwriting, the message inside, it's interesting what dana did say that bears commenting on. in the wake of 9/11, where it was weeks later, and there were the anthrax, this is a little different because you see the attack on monday, and we don't know if there is a connection here, but the letters being received on tuesday. the letter addressed to president obama received. so obviously very close in time, and because of that, because of that proximity in time, it certainly raises the question of whether these might be connected, although we certainly don't know at this point, carol. >>> brianna and dana, we'll come back to you. a letter addressed to president obama laced with an unknown substance was stopped at an off site facility. as you know senator quicker of mississippi received a letter yesterday that supposedly, maybe, investigators say may be laced with ricin. we'll have more on that and more. and also new developments in boston.
Apr 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
word that comes after a letter sent to president obama and the u.s. senator have tested positively at least initially for the deadly poison ricin. we're just learning that president obama will deliver a statement on the gun control measure that just failed in congress. he will go to the white house rose garden. this hour we'll have live coverage of the president deeply disappointed because they have failed to pass these, even these modified background check expansion regulations. meanwhile, authorities are supposed to come out fairly soon to brief us on the latest investigation in the boston marathon bombings. we're getting conflicting word on when that might happen if in fact it will happen. but two sources do with knowledge of the investigation say authorities want to question a person seen on video, a person seen on video as a possible suspect in the attack. let's bring in our chief national correspondent john king. our security analyst as well. they're here. juliet will be walking in momentarily. john, let's update our viewers on what we know right now as far as the criminal in
Apr 17, 2013 10:00am PDT
it seems to be a takeoff on political ads which say i am barack obama or senator wicker in this case and i approve this message. so that is the text of the letter that went apparently to both destinations senator wicker and president obama. or at least that was the intention, brianna mentioned, that neither of them got past the offsite mail facilities. in addition to that i should also let you know that since we last talked the senate sergeant in arms sent out a rather lengthy notice to all senators and staffers reminding them that they should not accept any sealed envelopes in their offices. and the reason he did that brings us to your first question, which is the activity that had been going on for several hours here. hallway in the russell building where i am right now was blocked off. two floors of the senate's hart office building were blocked off. and people were told to stay in their offices. and people were also evacuated -- at least the hart building, from the first floor. the reason is because what capitol police officials believe to be a man who was carrying a bag with some seal
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
it live here on cnn, a very angry president obama blasted the senate for blocking an expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the united states. the vote in the senate, 54-46. but 60 votes were needed to pass this bill. >> a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it's not going to happen. because 90% of republicans in the senate just voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. but by this continuing distortion of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward. all if all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but it effort is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people, we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the american people don't give up on it. the fact is, most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn't want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do
Apr 17, 2013 9:00am PDT
packages doesn't appear to be related to the letters sent to senator wicker and president obama with what appears to be the poison ricin. i want to emphasize that what i just said, they do not believe because as you've been saying, wolf, and it's important to underscore everything is fast moving. we are getting information as law enforcement officials are and they're trying to figure out what the genesis of this is, what the source is and i don't think anybody really has a true idea of what's related to other incidents and what isn't. >> so many fears, so many suspicions only a couple days after the terrorist bombings here at the boston marathon and now these suspicious letters may be laced with this poison ricin, may be laced with this poison ricin reminds me, i assume a lot of our viewers out there, the anthrax-laced letters that occurred shortly after 9/11. it may simply be coincidental. we don't know. there's so much we don't know. we're waiting for this white house briefing, jay carney, the white house press secretary supposed to have started this briefing about 20 minutes or so ago.
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
is because that happens to be the hometown or at least the area where senator roger wicker is actually from. now he of course was one of the intended recipients of the letter. the other was president obama which we learned earlier "tod e. we don't have much information about this man except that he was arrested. the thing i can tell you is that late yesterday when senators here in the capitol were briefed, one senator, senator claire mccaskell came out and told reports, that the initial suspicion was it was a man back in mississippi for lack of a better way to say it, harassing. and it's clear really within 24 hours they went and found him. >> and dan a, i know there were some other scares today, but this man from tupelo, mississippi, hometown of senator wicker's, this is the only person who is responsible for all of the letters, right? >> reporter: they believe so. they believe so. and i'm sorry, erin, literally as you were asking me that question, i looked down at my phone here and got another text from my source who said this was an fbi grab based on united states capital police informat